Uranium workers may get more help

The late Tom Green is shown with an X-ray of his diseased lungs in 2010 in his Price, Utah, home. Despite having a terminal illness likely connected to radiation exposure, Green was ineligible for compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. Green died that same year. Now the law may be expanding to cover such cases.



The late Tom Green is shown with an X-ray of his diseased lungs in 2010 in his Price, Utah, home. Despite having a terminal illness likely connected to radiation exposure, Green was ineligible for compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. Green died that same year. Now the law may be expanding to cover such cases.

By Gary Harmon
Monday, April 22, 2013

Downwinders, drillers and so-called post-‘71 uranium miners would be eligible for radiation-exposure compensation under changes to the 24-year-old law proposed in the Senate. Senators…


 


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There was a public hearing in Grand Junction last night about “legacy” uranium mines. I saw Gary Harmon there, but there is not one word about it in his article today? Is that because there was one voice in favor of continued leasing of uranium parcels in the Uravan Belt—Energy Fuels? All of the other speakers were concerned about the “legacy” of health issues related to the uranium cycle—from mining to clean up.

I had a grandfather very like Gary Harmon. He had a selective hearing problem. He never heard a word my grandmother said when she was nagging him. Gary never hears a word that isn’t uttered by Republicans, although, if he would check, Glenn Miller IS a registered Republican.

By the way, the public can still comment on the legacy program of leasing uranium parcels in the Uravan Belt. Maybe Gary Harmon will tell his readers about that opportunity someday. Nah. Never happen.

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